The 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan has six Core Values: universality, leadership, unity, excellence, integrity and solidarity, and a Vision Statement: “To lead, govern and develop the sport of athletics in all its forms worldwide, uniting the Athletics Family in a spirit of excellence, integrity and solidarity.”
All 47,000 tickets for the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme in Brussels on 7 September, the final meeting of the Samsung Diamond League 2012, are sold out. And everyone who already had a ticket will get to see an unprecedented number of Olympic medallists in the men's sprints.
One thing is certain in this year's meeting: the runs will be fast. The top three Olympic finalists in the men’s 100m, the top six in the 200m and the four Jamaican gold medal winners and World record holders in the 4x100m Relay will be participating. Brussels will get to see not only gold and silver medal winners Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, but also Nesta Carter, Michael Frater (both gold with the 4x100m team) and Warren Weir (bronze after Bolt and Blake in the 200m).
Justin Gatlin, the American bronze medal winner in the 100m, will present the most important challenge for the Jamaicans. Fellow American Wallace Spearmon (4th in the 200m), Churandy Martina (5th in the 200m, 6th in the 100m) and European champion Christophe Lemaitre will also participate in Brussels.
For Lemaitre, the Memorial will be his first appearance in Brussels. The Frenchman placed sixth in the 200m in London and feels that he has not yet shown what he is worth. He wants to take revenge in Brussels and beat his season-leading time of 19.91.
Brussels will host the Diamond Race final in the men's 100m while a non-Diamond League 200m race is also on the schedule.
This year, athletics fans had to be fast to be able to see the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme live. All tickets were sold out since Sunday night, almost four weeks before the event takes.